On October 27, the Church announced that, while “local celebrations of culture and history may be appropriate” to celebrate and spread the gospel message, “larger productions, such as pageants, are discouraged.” The statement said that plans were underway “to appropriately end, modify, or continue these productions.”
Editor’s note: Some of the following information was updated 11/7/18 and again 12/4/18 based on additional news reports from the Church.
Here’s a summary of Church pageants and the changes announced so far:
- The Mormon Miracle Pageant in Manti, Utah, will end in 2019.
- The Castle Valley Pageant in Castle Dale, Utah, is discontinued.
- The Clarkston Pageant—subtitled “Martin Harris: The Man Who Knew”—in Clarkston, Utah, is discontinued.
- The Mesa Easter Pageant in Mesa, Arizona, is held annually in the spring prior to Easter. Due to renovations of the Mesa Arizona Temple and temple grounds, the pageant has been temporarily suspended, but will continue under area leadership in 2021 following the renovation of the Mesa Temple. Public renderings showing a pageant stage and seating accommodations.
- The Hill Cumorah Pageant in Palmyra, New York will end in 2020.
- Two Nauvoo pageants (featuring early Church history in both the United States and the British Isles) in Nauvoo, Illinois, are held annually between July and August. The Nauvoo Pageant will continue with support from Church headquarters. The British Pageant will continue every four years under area leadership. The next pageant will be in 2021.
- The British Pageant in Chorley, England, is held annually in August. No changes have been announced.
In the Church’s statement, it acknowledged the impact of its growth globally. “As this occurs, local Church leaders and members are encouraged to focus on gospel learning in their homes and to participate in Sabbath worship and the Church’s supporting programs for children, youth, individuals, and families.”
The statement aligns with other changes announced throughout 2018 that show an effort to simplify and reduce Church programs.
Learn more in the article “Hill Cumorah Pageant to Take a Final Bow in 2020—Here’s What to Expect from Other Productions” and in the article “Updated Statement on Local Celebrations, Including Pageants.”